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Why does Garageband sometimes not recognise drum pads on my MIDI controller?
Old 15th January 2020
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Why does Garageband sometimes not recognise drum pads on my MIDI controller?

I have an Akai MPK Mini Play that I plug in directly to my Mac while running Garageband. Half the time when I add a built in drum sound track (like Portland or SoCal) the pads don't respond at all. I know my midi controller is sending stuff because it responds when I hit the keys and when I hit the PAD BANK A/B button (the pads respond but everything is in a different place). Then the next time I boot up GB the pads respond perfectly like nothing ever happened. What's going on?
Old 20th January 2020
  #2
Drum pads transmit specific note numbers so if nothing is assigned to the note number used on your controller, no sound will be played. Create custom patches on your controller for the specific sound source. Refer to its documentation on how to do this.
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